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Making the case for more men of color in early education

As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive once they leave our classrooms.

Protests should make waves, invite controversy and make people uncomfortable

This is quite an admission for me, but I’m not really enjoying the current NFL season.

A chance to improve financial security in Texas

Currently, one-third of all Texas households lack a savings account, and nearly half are liquid asset poor, meaning they are in a constant state of financial insecurity because they lack savings. These Texans are on the brink of financial hardship ...

The digital revolution will be powered by Black millennials

“The internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity.” – President Barack Obama, Remarks at the Launch of the ConnectHome Initiative, July 15, 2015

Children and the opioid crisis

President Trump’s Oct. 26 announcement reminded us all that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, but in fact, it is also a national emergency, and we must do so much more.

Federal loans: Black student loan borrowers fail to get fair deal

For most families, the pursuit of higher education means substantial investments in time, effort, and a combination of cash and loans to gain a college degree. These investments – both human and material – are made in confidence that the ...

No hope in the White House for honesty, justice

When Gen. John Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff in the current White House, many breathed a sigh of relief. While Priebus seemed not to have had any control over the president, the staff or the information that ...

Campaigns: Follow the yellow brick road

The Nov. 7 Campaign for the City Bond election tends to remind me of scenes from the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz.

NFL must ‘provide a better platform’ on racism and criminal justice reform

“We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about, and that is complex.” – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell

We can and must win for children

As congregations of all faiths are observing the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths Celebration this weekend, “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child,”

Healing the gaping wound

A National Public Radio story this week described a visit to Escuela Gaspar Vila Mayans, a public elementary school in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Presente!” about 40 children shout on cue

Randall Woodfin: A son of Birmingham becomes its mayor

“Local assemblies of citizens constitute the strength of free nations. Town meetings are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they bring it within the people’s reach, they teach men how to use and how to enjoy it. A ...

Providing prevention of a fatal disease

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and this gives us the time to remember all those who have gone through the intrusive experience of breast cancer.

The president who does not care about the people

Last week, the president of this nation signed an executive order that will in effect gut the Affordable Care Act and throw millions of people into physical jeopardy as they lose their health care.

Remembering my mentor, Dick Gregory, on his birthday

The celebration of the life of Dick Gregory on Sept. 16 in Landover, Maryland, was over seven hours of eclectic diversity, from a serenade by Native Americans to a musical tribute with Ayanna Gregg’s daughter and Stevie Wonder, and speakers ...